Bharti Airtel launches Aadhar-based digital banking service in India

Indian telecommunications firm Bharti Airtel officially launched Airtel Payments Bank last week in India, following a series of successful pilot programs in Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, according to a report by Asian News International. Airtel Payments Bank takes a paperless banking approach through Aadhaar-based e-KYC, enabling any individual with an Aadhaar card, PAN card or smartphone with Internet connectivity to access the digital banking service. The company has also updated its My Airtel app with a Payments Bank option

Australian conservative party pushing for national biometric ID card

A new plan by Australian conservative political party One Nation is calling for a fingerprint-enabled national ID card for all citizens in an effort to curb welfare fraud, according to a report by The Courier Mail. Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation, is trying to persuade the Turnbull government to adopt the policy, which she says is a necessary tool to eliminate welfare overpayments and fraud. Senator Hanson said the voluntary biometric-enabled card would be essential if citizens wanted

Biometric workforce tracking startup SecurAX raises funding

Bangalore-based biometric workforce tracking startup SecurAX has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Axilor, Parampara Early Stage Opportunities Fund and an undisclosed group of angel investors, according to a report by The Tech Portal. SecurAX is planning to use the funds to improve its technology offerings, expand its customer base, and ramp up its operations across India and the Middle East. Currently, the company’s B2B SaaS biometric platform is being used by 75,000 end users across 125 customers. The

TBS protects medical research at Celgene using fingerprint access control

Biopharmaceutical company Celegne recently enlisted the help of fingerprint biometrics firm Touchless Biometric Systems (TBS) to protect its sensitive business field. Celegne required security protection for its American headquarters in New Jersey, as well as its European headquarters in Boudry, Switzerland. With such demanding security expectations, Celegne realized that it should focus on biometrics rather than on ID cards or keys. “It was critical for us to avoid misuse, hence the incorporation of biometrics,” said Roberto Paolasini, leader of the

Southern African Development Community countries slowly adopting biometric voting systems

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are slowly adopting a biometric voting system, as the region increases efforts to promote the use of biometric technology to increase the credibility of their electoral process, according to a report by The Southern Times. Previously reported, the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Gemalto to provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrolment kits to the electoral body for the upcoming elections in November. Along with the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have

Intercede launches two-factor biometric authentication solution for mobile devices

Intercede has launched RapID, a two-factor biometric authentication solution that delivers password and token free access to cloud services from mobile applications. The solution is based on Intercede’s MyID platform which is currently used by several government agencies (aerospace and defence) and the banking sector to secure access to sensitive data. The solution also integrates PKI based authentication and encryption to provide military grade security for business and consumer applications. RapID establishes trusted relationships between end users and service providers

Philippines’ Comelec ordered to not drop 2.5M voters who failed to submit biometrics

The Philippines’ Supreme Court (SC) temporarily ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to disable the registration of 2.5 million voters who did not enroll their biometrics by the October 31st deadline for the 2016 elections, according to a report by Rappler.com. The move comes a month after the Comelec denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the May 2016 general elections. The Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order

Securiport honored for biometric identification solution for border security

Securiport announced it has been honored for the best biometric identification system for border security at the 2015 Homeland Security Awards, held by Government Security News (GSN) Magazine. To be presented on December 8 in Washington, DC., the annual awards program honors the top vendors of IT and physical security solutions as well as the federal, state, county and municipal government agencies. Securiport’s Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services offer global governments a full suite of security products that effectively

Fintech experts say mobile and biometric authentication to replace PINs within five years

Financial technology experts are predicting that the PIN number will be obsolete within the next five years as banks turn to biometric authentication technology, such as fingerprint, vein pattern and voice recognition, according to a report by The Telegraph. Banks will encourage their customers to use biometric readers or contactless payments at retail stores and ticket terminals instead of the standard “chip and PIN” system, by offering discounts and arguing that the technology offers a more secure transaction. Several major

Crossmatch, LEID Products showcase biometrics solutions for law enforcement at IACP

Crossmatch and LEID Products, LLC are both showcasing their biometric solutions for law enforcement agencies at this week’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) trade show. The trade show, held at McCormick Place West in Chicago from October 24-27, features more than 650 companies and their products for law enforcement agencies, including tactical equipment, weaponry, asset management, intelligence technology and more. Crossmatch launched its new DigitalPersona Mobile ID application and Commander mobile device management software, which provide law enforcement